Cruise Control 5.2


For our builders we offer full size printed bulkhead/ frame patterns, printed on 24" wide paper which are taped together to provide fulls size outlines. Using the full size patterns and detailed plan sheets, the parts can be accurately marked and cut out. All Plan sheets are printed on Architectural D (24" x 36" ) paper except for the full size frame patterns. 

Cruise Control 5.2 Plans Price

You asked, we listened.

The Cruise Control 5.2 was driven by customer demand for a strong, yet a proven style fishing boat offering a true balance of beauty, hardcore fishability, weather protection, performance and comfort in an exciting offshore trailerable boating package.

Featuring a 20-degree deadrise for stability combined with her deep entry, the Cruise Control 5.2 delivers a smooth ride ride through all types of seas, creating a whole new realm of possibilities for weekend adventures. For the angler who desires the ultimate in a highly mobile fishing platform, the Cruise Control 5.2 is literally... in a class of its own.

For the arrangement plan, the question most asked was;
"Could we please include a private area in regards to the toilet arrangement, not only for guests but more importantly... the opposite sex". So in this regard, we made this one of our top prioritys with this design, using real walls and not flapping curtains to the outside world.

Also, with her comfortable helm station & deck, rear-facing cockpit seating, cabin with private amenities and spacious multi-function storage compartments, the Cruise Control 5.2 has every amenity an active family could need. Sporting a wide array of hardcore fishing features and the strength and safety for offshore offshore capability, the Cruise Control 5.2 is a perfect combination of fishability and and most of fun.


- Overall Hull length ......17 ft- 1in ( 5.2 m)
- Beam ...... 7 ft - 9" (2.3m)
- Deadrise @ Transom ...... 20 degrees
- Engine shaft length ...... XL/S (25")
- Recommended Hp ...... 120-150 Hp
- Fuel Capacity ...... 200 litres ( 52.8 USG)

- Construction …. Strip Plank Composite Construction
We do not provide CNC files for this design



The following list of materials is approximate and intended for calculation of approximate costs. We offer no guarantees of accuracy. The list is for all plywood in the construction of the hull, deck and interior. Allowance has been made in the quantities for about 10% wastage. Resin and glass quantities are only approximate.

CHIPBOARD OR MDF (For the temporary frames)
8x4ft sheets (2.44 x 1.22m) 19mm (3/4") - 8 Sheets

WESTERN RED CEDAR, PAULOWNIA OR SIMILAR TIMBER. You can even strip plank from plywood ! (Planking)
30mm x 12mm - 24 sq.metres/ (1-5/8 “ x 1/2 “ - 259 sq.ft)

MARINE BS 1088 OR AB GRADE PLYWOOD (Density no less than 600 kg/m^3 or 37.5 lbs/ft^3)
6mm (1/4") - 3 Sheets
9mm (3/8") - 6 Sheets
12mm (1/2”) – 7 sheets
19mm (3/4”) – 2 sheets

RESIN AND GLASS (For coatings and reinforced areas)
Epoxy Resin & Hardener - 125 kg (33 US gal)
400-450gm (12oz) Double Bias (not Biaxial) - 110 m ( 132 yards)
5 kg (11 lbs) glue powder (Cabosil) (Cheaper to buy a 10 kg box, than by the kg)
5kg (11 lbs) Q-cells (fairing Powder) (Cheaper to buy a 10 kg box, than by the kg)

The materials list above covers all the supplies for the boat as designed.
Useage of materials may vary due to several factors. For example, experienced builders will use less resin. Our resin calculations are based on a 50% glass content. Options, customization and variations within your build will also effect the bill of materials and outcome.

Anyone can Build a Boat. Its that Easy

Just about anybody can build a boat using the Bowdidge Marine Design Plywood Composite system. This method eliminates many members that ordinarily require fitting, fairing, and beveling. Thus, it's ideal for beginners. A jigsaw and drill are about the only power tools required. The resulting boat is incredibly light weight, strong, and durable.

This quick and easy boatbuilding method consists of laying the planks onto the temporary frames, allowing the planks to "find their own way" from bow to stern. We also use tile spacers to provide the gaps between the planks to push the glue through at a later stage. Once the planks are fixed into position, we can then begin gluing the planking into place. By doing things this way, we're not under pressure to plank up fast due to the glue going off, but working at our own pace. It also means that the planks themselves are not tortured into position, using clamps or whatever to hold down, but the planks "naturally" want to lay down as they ar laying naturally of finding their own path. Its that easy. (see video below)

Once the planks have been glued, its time to give teh hull a quick fair with your sander, then time to begin glassing.

Plans for all our designs include instructions, material layouts, and material listings. In addition, the patterns provided are precise, since they're taken from the actual 3D modeling and CAD systems.

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